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Ukip’s demise

The party’s losses will, with Labour’s decline, be the big story of June’s general election

By Peter Kellner  

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall ©Nick Ansell/PA Wire/PA Images

Just three years ago, Ukip came first in a national election, when its candidates for the European Parliament won more votes than those of any other British party. On 8th June, it will come fourth at best—and it would collapse to sixth place if, as is now perfectly possible, it wins fewer votes than the Greens and Scottish National Party. It will almost certainly have no MPs. This, as much as Labour’s weakness, is the big story of the general election,…

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